Honolulu International Airport is on the South Shore of Oahu and close to the world famous Waikiki. There are several ground transportation options available to choose from. Depending on where you're staying on island and how many bags you are bringing with you, the ideal choice for transportation will vary, so you'll want to think about which service will best fit your needs when deciding the best way to go.
The least expensive Honolulu Airport transportation option is to take the public bus, conveniently named The Bus. The upshot of the public bus is that it is in fact the least expensive. The downsides are the indirect nature of their routes and a ban on large bags and luggage. Therefore, if you do not want to spend a lot of time in transit and you're travelling with large bags or luggage, The Bus will not be the best option for you.
A second transportation option is to take a shuttle. Many of the shuttle services make regular stops at the most common hotels, and the hotels will often help you book your shuttle. If you're staying at one of the major hotels and would like them to assist you, you should contact the hotel directly to find out what it offers. If you are seeking to make your own arrangements, then there are still several options from which to choose. Whether you go through your hotel or book on your own, prices per person and per bag vary, as well as to which part of the island a shuttle company will go. For these reasons, it is important to find out where on island a company will service and the price for doing so before making your decision.
Two of the more expensive Honolulu Airport transportation options available are taking a taxi or a limo. Located outside of the baggage terminal at the airport are dispatchers wearing green shirts with the words "TAXI OPERATOR". These dispatchers manage all taxi companies that service the airport, and will be able to arrange a taxi for you upon arrival. Alternatively, you can contact a taxi company directly. Many taxi companies offer flat fees to and from Waikiki. However, prices can increase greatly if you're heading to another part of the island so check ahead of time to see what their prices are. If you're looking to live it up a bit with a limo, several companies offer their services. A limo provides a unique vacation experience and many limo companies also offer a traditional lei greeting upon your arrival at the airport.
Car rental is fifth option. Renting a car gives you the convenience of leaving the airport and returning to it on your own time table, and without any other passengers in the vehicle. Additionally, there are no extra bag fees. Honolulu being on an island, however, means that gas prices can be high. Also, traffic in Honolulu can be very heavy, especially during rush hour times. But if this does not bother you, and you'd rather travel on your own timetable, then car rental can be a personally convenient option.